You may recall from a few posts back my rant on the gloriousness of pizza. I love pizza. You love pizza. WE ALL LOVE PIZZA. You wanna know how I can say that everyone loves pizza? Because there are literally celebratory events that revolve around it, aka mo'fucking pizza parties! Pizza parties were pretty much my favorite part of school. Sure, getting an education was cool and all, but I would have liked my education a lot more if it was smothered in melted cheese and pepperoni. But really, lets think about this- we don't have parties for any other type of food. You don't see teachers congratulating their classes with god damn spaghetti parties. (Although, if I'm being honest, young chubby Blair would have been more than okay with a spaghetti party too.) Point is- pizza is great.
And don't get me wrong, I love good old-fashioned pizzas like cheese, pepperoni, sausage- the classics. A pepperoni pizza is like a really cute, nice guy that you stay at home and watch Netflix with. Easy, comforting, and never disappoints. But sometimes you need more, and Netflix guy just isn't gonna cut it. Sometimes you need a guy dressed in a tux with Ryan Gosling's body to wine and dine the shit out of you. This pizza is that guy. This pizza is Ryan Gosling's abs.
Simply put, this isn't your everyday pizza- it's a special pizza. This doughy masterpiece incorporates one of my favorite flavor combinations: prosciutto, peach, and balsamic. If you're not familiar with prosciutto, its basically fancy bacon that people eat when they want to be on their high horse. Okay, it's a little more than that- it's thinly sliced, dry-cured Italian ham. It's delicious, and also succeeds in making you better and more cultured than everyone else when you eat it. The saltiness of it paired when the juiciness of the peaches and sweetness of the balsamic reduction is a classic combination, and one that works perfectly on pizza.
The homemade crust of this pizza is perfectly crisp, baked to a golden brown on a pizza stone. The crust is layered with slices of prosciutto, ricotta, and fresh mozzarella, giving it that classic ooey-gooey cheesiness that makes pizza oh so comforting. The pizza is topped with sliced yellow peaches and fresh basil that makes it incredibly aromatic. Lastly, the pie is drizzled with a balsamic-honey reduction that provides a sweet tanginess to contrast the other flavors.
This pizza is savory, sweet and all-around scrumptious- the perfect recipe for when you're go-to pepperoni pizza just isn't cutting it.
Prosciutto, Peach & Basil Pizza with Balsamic Reduction
SERVINGS: 1 12" pizza PREP TIME: 15 mins COOK TIME: 15 minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy
- 12" pizza dough, homemade or store bought*
- 3 oz. prosciutto
- 5 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1 large yellow peach, sliced
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
* Here is a link to my favorite pizza dough recipe http://www.carlsbadcravings.com/perfect-homemade-pizza-crust/
- Preheat your oven to 475 degrees, with your pizza stone or baking sheet inside. Allow to heat for 15-30 minutes.
- While the pizza stone is warming, heat balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan on medium for 12-13 minutes, stirring often, until the vinegar has thickened to a syrup. Set aside.
- On a floured surface, roll out your pizza dough to a 12" circle. Crimp the edges up by hand to form a crust.
- Place the dough on hot pizza stone. Layer slices of prosciutto over the dough, reserving two slices for topping. Next, dollop ricotta on top of prosciutto and arrange the mozzarella slices on top of ricotta. Scatter the peach slices over the mozzarella, and sprinkle half of the basil on top of peaches. Brush the edges of crust with egg.
- Bake at 475 for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Tear the reserved prosciutto and scatter in onto of baked pizza. Top with remaining basil, drizzle with balsamic reduction, slice and serve!
Adapted from 'Cooking Classy'